|Bone of Contention
|By Kel (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michelle Kiefer (email@example.com)
|When an investigation in the middle of nowhere opens old wounds, 2000 miles away becomes too close to home. Can Mulder and Scully unravel the puzzle before they fall apart?
|(Casefile ** R ** 232K)
|Boggs's Rec: This story is a terrific read! It's well written and it's a twisted, cohesive casefile with surprising ties to the show's mythology, but it's more than that. Mulder and Scully are pitch perfect in the way they speak to each other (and in what they don't say to each other) and how they're emotionally fragile and perplexed about their relationship. It's all around fun to read!
|The Dig at Site 16-Alpha
|By David Stoddard-Hunt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|In the resistance struggle, salvation may come from a great distance.
|(S, A, Post-col ** PG ** 37K)
|Boggs's Rec: The text can be a bit dense at times, but fans of sci-fi should appreciate the story as an interesting post-colonization scenario. But wow, it's the ending that packs the greatest punch.
|Dreaming of An Unnoticed Life
|By Christine Leigh (email@example.com)
|Season seven. Missing scene from "Requiem." The time between the scene in the hallway and when Mulder leaves to return to Bellefleur.
|(V, A, MSR ** PG ** 11K)
|Boggs's Rec: There's a quiet melancholy about this story that's so sadly, perfectly heartbreaking. Christine well captures Mulder's and Scully's fears and hopes, made all the more poignant by what we know happens to Mulder in Bellefleur.
|By Oracle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|"Why would God allow this to happen? Why do bad things happen to good people? Religion has masqueraded as the paranormal since the dawn of time to justify some of the most horrible acts in history." -- Fox Mulder, 'All Souls'
|(VRA ** PG-13 ** 10K)
|Boggs's Rec: Mulder and Scully have deep belief and faith in very different things, something that was always a tantalizing contrast on the show. Oracle examines the dichotomy via Mulder's thoughts on religion and God through a series of scene snapshots from his childhood to a future with Scully, and it's a wonderful, insightful journey.
|Insight - Past Tense
|By Joann Humby (email@example.com)
|Suppose Scully had arrived at the hospital two minutes later in Folie a Deux.
|(X A ** R ** 31K)
|Boggs's Rec: This story follows Insight, Insight II - Dark Fire, and Insight III: WakeUp Call with a dazzling look at a critical event that takes place before these three stories but that thoroughly permeates them all. It's a fascinating look at Mulder's confusion, fears, hurt, and isolation that simply pulses with drama and pain. Once you start reading, you can't turn away!
|Lucky X in the City
|By Lilydale (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Samantha Jones meets Mulder in a bar. Fox hunting ensues. It's more serious than it sounds.
|(S, Crossover (X-Files/Sex and the City) ** Not rated ** 27K)
|Boggs's Rec: If any two shows seem incompatible, it's "The X-Files" and "Sex and the City." But as Lilydale's crossover story shows, in fanfic as in love, sometimes opposites really do attract. Samantha's sexy sassiness combines with classic Mulder angst in this "Tithonus" post-ep that's both funny and heartfelt.
|Reservations for Two
|By Dawn (email@example.com)
|Sequel to The Substance of Things Hoped For and second in the "Faith" series. "Parenting is a learned behavior, Scully. Where does that leave me?"
|(V, A, MSR, Post "The Truth" ** PG ** 18K)
|Boggs's Rec: Following The Substance of Things Hoped For (a new story also recommended by me), this story examines Mulder's reactions to and feelings about fatherhood with a sense of gravity and realism that makes sense given his situation in the story and his childhood, which is used to interesting effect here.
|By homemade_sign (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|(Mulder/Scully ** PG ** 2K)
|Boggs's Rec: Only 216 words, but this story makes me laugh and swoon every time because Mulder and Scully are just so perfectly obtuse and sweet.
|The Substance of Things Hoped For
|By Dawn (email@example.com)
|"Even an agnostic like me can believe in second chances, Scully. To atone for our mistakes. To get it right."
|(V, A, MSR, Post ep for "The Truth" ** PG ** 11K)
|Boggs's Rec: Dawn delicately handles Scully's grief and Mulder's guilt as they talk about William in this lovely story. She also manages to make the ending not just work but make good sense based on Mulder and Scully's shared fear of and hope for the future.
|Under the Stars
|By Lovesfox (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|It's one of Scully's fantasies
|(MSR, Smut, PWP, Mulder POV ** NC-17 ** 42K)
|Boggs's Rec: A story this achingly romantic does you good.
|Empathy, parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
|By Swikstr (email@example.com)
|While on a research assignment in Chicago, Mulder and Scully stumble upon a mysterious individual who may possess a remarkable parapsychic ability. Their association with her leads to a few new discoveries and pathways into their existence.
|(X ** PG-13 ** 145K)
|Boggs's Rec: The apparent psychic ability in this story isn't just a cool curiosity, it's something that uniquely reveals the deepest of emotions for both Mulder and Scully. Be prepared for a fascinating X-File ride from start to finish with healthy, wonderfully tense doses of partner relationship issues that perfectly flow within the story. Also, if the scene in the Treatment Room isn't considered a sexual tension classic, it should be!
|By Suzanne Schramm
|A Scully ditch provides the opportunity to get some real answers in the quest for the truth.
|(X, Myth, UST/A ** PG-13 ** 162K)
|Boggs's Rec: Scully takes a front and center role in the search for the truth, and it's an amazing story. It's not just Scully that's terrific here, it's the way that this story is written with such angst, quiet humor with regard to Scully's new thoughts, superb dialogue (Mulder and Scully are perfect!), and a very cool and intricate take on the mytharc that works everything together in a way that the show never quite did.
|By Julia Kosatka (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kellie Matthews-Simmons (email@example.com)
|On their way back from Washington, Mulder and Scully get stranded at a remote house in Pennsylvania with a young woman with considerable paranormal ability and a family history of alien abduction. After Mulder and Jeanne disappear for several hours under bizarre circumstances, even Scully is convinced that there is something strange going on.
|(XR ** NC-17 ** 303K)
|Boggs's Rec: Here's one of the earliest X-Files fanfic stories, set and written in season one. This story does read differently at times because it's set so early in the series, but it's a real treat for its look at Mulder, Scully, their working & personal dynamics, and their outlooks on aliens and abduction, especially given what happens to them in the later seasons. All that plus it's a very interesting story with plotty twists and an original character with a psychic ability that's important to the tale in many ways.
|In My Right Mind
|By Wayward (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Post-episode story for "Biogenesis."
|(S, UST ** PG ** 11K)
|Boggs's Rec: Wayward artfully gets into Mulder's head and writes a very interesting and believable take on his internal dialogue after his brain surgery in "Biogenesis." What's best, though, is whose head Mulder gets into and what's "said" while he's there.
|In the Water
|By Amanda Rex (email@example.com)
|Mulder and Scully investigate the disappearance of a psychic child. During the case, they each must confront issues from their past.
|(XR ** NC-17 ** 215K)
|Boggs's Rec: Oh my, what this story doesn't have going for it. There's a good, flowing writing style that's smooth and easy to read, there's delicious romance, there's bad guys galore, there's a case that personally involves Mulder and Scully with ties back to the mytharc through Emily and Scully's chip, and there's a psychic young girl who's devastatingly easy to care about. What are you waiting for? Go read!
|By Steven G. Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Mulder and Scully investigate strange occurrences linked to a psychic, and find themselves drawn into a nightmare.
|(XA ** PG ** 52K)
|Boggs's Rec: What a chilling little story! It's not too hard to imagine it as an episode of the show since it has that creepy brand of scary and strange that manages to personally tangle up Mulder and Scully in a way that worked so well on the show and that's an edge-of-your-seat read.
|By LoneGunGuy (email@example.com)
|'It seems very pretty,' Alice said when she had finished it, 'but it's rather hard to understand! Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas -- only I don't know exactly what they are! However, somebody killed something: that's clear, at any rate --'
|(XA ** PG ** 138K)
|Boggs's Rec: This story could have been an episode of the show. It has a genius mix of the unexplainable(Mulder's territory) and medical science (Scully's territory), superb characterizations, a tightly structured plot, and a gripping sense of drama from start to finish. And trust me, psychic powers do come into play.
|Deeply affected by what she's seen in Africa, Scully rushes to be with Mulder in the hospital, and they find a new way to communicate.
|(V, R, Scully POV, Post-ep. for Biogenesis ** NC-17 ** 9K)
|Boggs's Rec: Hoo-boy is this an intense, emotional, and romantically raw vignette. Its style is very visceral, which makes it very powerful for such a short story.
|Machine of Intention
|By Patti MacKinnon
|In the aftermath of the X-Files shutdown Mulder and Scully go their separate ways -- Scully in a high-profile position, and Mulder on the trail of a horrific serial killer. But the memories of the X-Files cases plus the appalling nature of his current case may be pushing Mulder to the brink when he starts thinking he has a psychic connection to the killer.
|(XA ** R ** 78K)
|Boggs's Rec: It's so much fun to read a story with this much going for it: a profiling Mulder, a dolled up Scully, a mad serial killer, jealousy and confusion all around, and a well-paced, emotionally-charged writing style. Fabulous!
|By Audrey Cooper
|Scully warns Mulder that someone is going to kill him...but is her prescience correct about the target?
|(XRA ** R ** 81K)
|Boggs's Rec: Scully's the one who's spooky in this incredibly absorbing story that's heavy on sexy romance and on scary investigation. It also has a fair amount of songfic interludes, but they work surprisingly well because the dance scenes are so enchanting.
|Can you ever really recover what's been lost? Does it matter? Mulder and Scully deal with those questions and encounter major angst, bad dreams, hard truths, and a pack of Ring Dings (in a cameo role).
|(SA, M/S UST ** R ** 110K)
|Boggs's Rec: This is a seriously cool story. Not only does it wonderfully capture the delicate care Mulder and Scully take to maintain their relationship of alternating closeness and distance, it taps into Scully's latent psychic powers that we occasionally saw on the show. How everything fits together is a marvel and a joy to read.
|Out of Our Minds
|By Sarah Segretti (firstname.lastname@example.org) and haphazard method (email@example.com)
|Two very private people suffer through the ultimate invasion of privacy: Mulder's new and unwanted sixth sense.
|(Story, Angst ** PG-13 ** 72K)
|Boggs's Rec: This story is an excellent reason why post-episode fic should exist (in this case, for "Biogenesis"). The authors take a fascinating part of the show's story, Mulder's mind reading capability, and run with it to create a fantastically angsty and emotional story that perfectly fits in with the X-Files universe it's so terrifically characterized and wonderfully plotted.
|By Ten (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|What do you do when a vengeful psychic lets loose embarrassing info about your partner, then, as an encore, reveals one of your own dark secrets?
|(V, A, MSR ** PG-13 ** 42K)
|Boggs's Rec: Mulder and Scully are spectacularly good at hiding their feelings from each other and even at burying them deep inside themselves, so it makes sense that they're finally forced to confront them only because of third party intervention. Particularly when that intervention takes paranormal form like in this story's psychic. Ten writes a good mix of tension, respect, concern, and love that holds the story together well.
|Mulder and Scully come to investigate multiple deaths in one family.
|(S, H ** R ** 30K)
|Boggs's Rec: Ainon writes a twisted tale from a unique third person (psychic) point of view that captures the wonderful investigative rigidity we've come to love in Mulder and Scully.
|Silence, Sea and Sky
|By Anonymous (feedback to email@example.com)
|Mulder and Scully investigate the disappearance of a young girl who may be the fourth victim of a serial killer and complications ensue when Mulder believes that the girl's sister has psychic abilities.
|(XA ** R ** 98K)
|Boggs's Rec: One of the best things about this story is that it's not just Mulder who's profoundly distressed and consumed profiling a serial killer - Scully is too. Their dynamic is particularly realistic and moving here, and the casefile it revolves around is also nicely layered and exciting.
|Mulder and Scully recoup after the events of Biogenesis and learn something from history about repeating mistakes.
|(SRA ** R ** 74K)
|Boggs's Rec: Gwendolyn writes superb dialogue and a fascinating, complicated take on Mulder and Scully's relationship to go along with a fantastic follow-up to "Biogenesis." This story is truly divine.
|The Way Through the Woods
|By Pellinor (Pellinor@astolat.demon.co.uk) and Rebecca Rusnak (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Three months ago, someone noticed something unusual about Scully. Now, in a desperate attempt to stave off the inevitable, Mulder has disappeared, and Scully's only chance of finding him include an unlikely ally and an untrustworthy informant. As they make their way through the woods, can Mulder and Scully find each other, or is the future lost?
|(TA ** R ** 203K)
|Boggs's Rec: This is a story packed with mytharc intrigue, emotional and physical pain, trusted and untrusted loyalties, deep angst, and curious psychic powers. It's fantastic! The sweeping plot is well developed and involved, and every character is distinct and well-drawn, but I think Mulder is particularly fascinating and spot-on.